Monday, May 13, 2013

Week 35 - Happy Mother's Day!


How are you all? It was SO great to talk to Mom, Dad, Danny, Jeremy, Lizzi, Janna, Phil, and Cole! yesterday! You all sound very genki - especially little Cole! Oh my goodness, it was so crazy to hear his little cry for the first time - He sounds just as cute as his pictures! It was so fun to hear about the Tokyo mission and how everything is going there - it made me want to ganbaru even more! They say that some missionaries have a hard time focusing on the work after their mother's Day phone calls - but it definitely upped my dendo fire! 

Well as I told you yesterday, I became a trainer this week! I am still in Odori, which includes all of Sapporo, and my new companion is a sister from Sandy, UT named Sister Osterloh. She lives about 10 minutes away from our house - but went to Skyline so I didn't know her. We found a few mutual friends though, which has been interesting. She is 20 years old today actually - its her birthday! She is super cute and really a great missionary. She brings the spirit with her a lot when she speaks, and is really good at testifying in a powerful meaningful way. She speaks a lot of Japanese already - but I think she understands more than she can speak. I feel like she is about the same level that I was when I got here - simple but enough. I was so relieved! I don't know if I would be able to teach someone who didn't have a good base already in the language. I am really excited to work with her this transfer. 

I told you a little bit yesterday about the lady that approached us in the eki yesterday, speaking in English who just told us - "I have been waiting for you! I have been wanting to meet you so bad!" And without us asking or really saying anything she wrote down her name, phone number, and address on a piece of paper and told us to visit her either that night or the next morning. Then she ran away to catch her train before we could find out who she was or anything! At church we were able to ask some members and found out that she has been to Eikaiwa before, and had some interest in the gospel - so we decided to call her, and we went this morning to meet with her! We arrived at her address and realized that she lives in a really nice assisted living center. We ended up talking for a few hours, about all kinds of things. She knows quite a bit about the church - she has friends who are LDS, and has met many missionaries in the past. Right now she is going to the Catholic church, but she said she feels like it is missing something. She talked about how her husband died a few years ago, and she feels very alone, and is looking for something in her life that she can rely on and receive strength from. That is why she was so excited to see us in the Eki, because she feels that we can help her with that search. We told her that we would be happy to! It turned out to be a really good meeting, and we have an appointment to go back next week! I know that the peace and happiness that she is looking for is in this gospel. I know because of the peace and happiness it brings me!

Seeing the hunger that Murata san (this obachan) has for the gospel, reminds me that there are people all over Sapporo - all over the world that are truly searching for this gospel. They need the peace and the security that the gospel brings, and they simply don't know where to find it. That is why I am on a mission- to give them the opportunity to find this gospel, and give them the chance to accept it. I know how much it could mean to them, and how much joy it could bring them, but unless they decide to accept it and act on it, it won't mean anything to them. This is an individual gospel in that way, and yet so universal. I love this gospel with all my heart, and I believe it is true. I believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it will guide and direct our lives. I know it is meant for our day, and for me. I know that there are prophets on the earth today. I know that God lives. I know that he loves everyone. I know he wants them all to feel his love. I pray that I can be an instrument in his hands to help them feel it!

Thank you for being the best family in the world!! I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week! 


Sister Budge

Week 34 - Hello!! :D


How is everyone? You all sound very genki - I'm glad to hear it! First of all I would like to get some Birthdays and Anniversary congratulations out there for the month of April - Happy Birthday Phil, Karlee, and Becky!! David and Karlee Happy Anniversary! I actually realized last week on your actual anniversary that it was your anniversary  - but I always seem to forget the things I wanted to say the most when I come to email so I failed to tell you congratulations last week - gomennasai! I heard you got a pretty fun present too!! I can't wait to see some pictures! :) 

Well there hasn't been too many exciting events this week - we are doing a lot of finding right now because we don't have  a lot of investigators that we are consistently meeting with right now. They are all really busy and can only meet every other week or sometimes even less so we are working hard to find some new people to teach. This week we focused a lot on members - in one day we visited about 8 members homes to share a quick message and build our relationship with the members in the ward. Toyohira ward is where I am focusing right now - they are such a great ward! Its a pretty small ward but they are really loving and welcoming. It is probably one of the most open wards I have ever been too - they are all great of course though. 
We invited the Kato's to a ward FHE activity this week, but they ended up not being able to come because of his work - which was a bummer! We plan on going to visit again sometime soon though :)
We got to see a baptism this last Sunday - the elder's investigator, Brother Fukuda. He met the missionaries 8 years ago, and then heard the lessons but didn't get baptized for some reason - then about two weeks ago the Elders got a referral from a member saying that they have a friend that wants to be baptized! They met, and he was so ready to be baptized - it was so neat to meet him - he just shone with the light of the gospel. We have been blessed to be able to attend baptismal services for two weeks in a row now - it brings the spirit so much! It is the best! 

That is so neat that you got to meet Brother Otahara!! or I guess he is Elder Otahara now! He is an amazing person - full of missionary fire and the spirit and has so much love to give to everyone around him. I was so excited, and not really surprised at all to hear that he became an Area Seventy! The Otaharas are a great family. 

Scripture Suggestion for the Week: 

D&C 98:1-3. A member shared this with us this week - and I came to love it!

I know this gospel is true! I know that there is no greater truth, and no greater hope that can be found than the peace and love of Jesus Christ and his gospel. We are so blessed to have it!

I love you all so much, and am so grateful everyday for my beloved family that I know I can be with forever! You are truly each an inspiration and example to me. Thank you so much!!


Sister Budge